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Ashanti Region: School Feeding caterers threaten strike action over unpaid arrears

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In response to the government’s failure to pay outstanding arrears for three academic terms, caterers in the Ashanti Region under the government’s school feeding program have threatened to go on strike.

The caterers, who have expressed dissatisfaction and disappointment, claim that despite multiple broken promises from the government, they have not received any payment between September 2023 and June 2024.

The situation they lament is affecting their operations as they are unable to pay their creditors, some of whom are threatening to get them arrested.

They have thus given the government up to the end of Wednesday, June 26 to ensure the monies hit their account or face their wrath.

Education think tank, Africa Education Watch, in a study, noted that a 200 percent increase in the cost of the school feeding programme is required for the provision of quality food to beneficiaries.

Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare, said an amount of GH¢3 billion is needed to sustain the programme.

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